Movidius Fathom: Is this the USB stick your DIY hunter-killer drone has been waiting for?

The Fathom USB stick certainly looks innocuous. Movidius With a little plug-in stick, maybe you’ll be able to build a future self-navigating vehicle. Or at least test out your navigation system. That’s the idea behind the Fathom Neural Compute Stick from chipmaker Movidius. It claims the Fathom is “the world’s first embedded neural network accelerator.” It’s a plug-in stick with a dedicated low-power processor inside. Target price? Under $100 (about £70 or AU$130). Neural networks and deep learning are among the hottest terms in tech right now because of what they represent: the ability for computers to identify objects and analyze details, or map out 3D space for augmented and mixed-reality navigation. In fact, the Movidius Myriad 2 chip inside the Fathom is the same one already enabling the DJI…


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